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Turkey dethrone Russia to complete EuroVolley semifinal line-up

 
Turkey's captain Eda Erdem Dundar and coach Giovanni Guidetti triumph with the victory over Russia
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 29, 2017 – The Netherlands will play hosts Azerbaijan, and Serbia will face Turkey in an all-Balkan clash, to determine the two teams that will lock horns in the final battle for the title at the 2017 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women. All four of these semifinalists emerged from Thursday’s and Friday’s quarterfinals with straight-set victories.

Having finished their campaign in Pool D as runners-up, the Dutch cruised through two three-setters to reach the final four. In their playoff encounter with Croatia, they mastered a 3-0 (25-18, 25-8, 25-21) shutout, to follow up with a confident 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-13) quarterfinal victory over Italy and become the first team to book a spot in the EuroVolley semis.


The Serbs, who had finished on top of Pool D with only one lost set on their record, continued their phenomenal performance in Azerbaijan with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-14) knock-out of Belarus. With three of the four most successful spikers of the tournament so far, Stefana Veljkovic, Jovana Stevanovic and Tijana Boskovic, on its line-up, the southern European squad looks well on course to the medals.


Azerbaijan did one better than their 3-1 victory over Germany that put them on top of Pool A unbeaten, delivering a 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21) shutout of the same opponent in the quarterfinals and delighting the 4,900 home spectators at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku. Polina Rahimova added another 21 points to her EuroVolley tally to maintain a leading average of 7.23 per set.


Turkey, on the other hand, had lost to Russia in four sets to finish third in Pool C, but took control of their destiny with a 3-1 (25-22, 27-25, 18-25, 25-23) victory over Poland and a sweet 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-20) revenge from their match against the defending European champions from Russia. Eda Erdem Dundar chipped in with four kill blocks to lift her tournament total to 23 and take over the top of the blockers’ ranking.


The dethroned Russians became the first of the four 2015 semifinalists to leave the 2017 edition of the European Championship. The other three, the Netherlands, Serbia and Turkey, have once again reached this stage of the competition.

The first of Saturday’s two semifinals, between the Netherlands and Azerbaijan, will start at 18:00 local time. The battle between Serbia and Turkey is scheduled for 20:30. The bronze medal match is set to start at 16:00 on Sunday, followed by the grand final at 19:00. All four of these games will also take place at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.


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